This was published as an opinion piece in the Australian Jewish News (2 April 2009) The AJDS is puzzled that the Australian Jewish News (26 March 2009) regards as front-page news an Anti-Defamation Commission report by Dr Phillip Mendes about events that took place nearly a decade ago.
Debate within our community on Arab-Jewish dialogue is always important, but a particular person's anecdotal experience with a now defunct academic organisation in which two out of three of his adversaries were Jewish, provides no basis to conclude that dialogue is worthless.
This is my personal take on Philip Mendes' recent report for the Anti-Defamation Commission of Bnai Brith. Not only is it an attack on intercommunal dialogue, but a not-so-subtle attempt to discredit the AJDS and the Palestinian intellectual class (who should not be put into the same basket). It is reflective of the type of argument used by many on the right to discredit all critics of Israeli policy
It is intellectually, a flawed and disingenous piece of writing. The blog is my personal opinion.
Jeff Halper, the Israeli anti-demolitions activist, gives his account of the campaign of censorship by the 'Lobby' in Australia. To its credit, the Australian Jewish News ran it as a letter as well.
It appeared on Anthony Lowenstein's blog (and we don't endorse a lot of what Anthony says), but at least he has given Jeff the space to make his case).